Hope Horn Gallery Exhibit Displays Portion of University’s Permanent Collection


       The University of Scranton’s Hope Horn Gallery will honor the contributions women have made to the arts at The University of Scranton as patrons, benefactors and artists through an exhibit of pieces from its permanent collection, including works from the woman after whom the gallery is named.

         The exhibit, “Women for the Arts: Selections from The University of Scranton Permanent Collection,” will be on display in the Hyland Hall gallery from Friday, Feb. 7 until Friday, March 14. The exhibit will open with a presentation by Josephine Dunn, Ph.D., in Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall, at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7, followed by a reception at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.

         “The University has a long tradition of support for women, which is really interesting,” said Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., director of the Hope Horn Gallery. “Our gallery is named after Hope Horn, who had been a painter, sculptor and teacher in the Scranton area for years. It’s nice to carry on the work that meant so much to her.”

         The exhibit also commemorates the lives of two other women artists whose art helped shape the cultural landscape of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The first is musician Anne Vanko Liva.

         “Anne Liva is a person who had been a benefactor at the University. Her house on the upper corner of the campus now serves as student housing,” Dr. Miller-Lanning said.

         The third woman featured in the exhibit is Mary Liberatore, who donated generously to the University both financially and culturally.

         “Mary was from the Jessup area. In the 1940s, she went to New York to be a partner in an art gallery. She has ties to the New York art world and the local community. The exhibit will feature some of her work that she donated to the University,” said Dr. Miller-Lanning. “The exhibit highlights the fact that many women who had ties to the area were actively contributing to the arts,” said Dr. Miller-Lanning.

         The “Women for the Arts” exhibit is one installment of the exhibition series “Multiple Perspectives,” which has been running since the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

         The Hope Horn Gallery will be open to the public from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. All exhibits at the gallery are free of charge.

         For additional information, call 570-941-4214.

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